Introduction to Arts + Health: One-day workshop in Limerick, 10 Nov

An Introduction to Arts and Health, a one-day workshop, presented by takes place at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) on Friday 10 November.  **Update: This workshop is now full.  If you would like to go on the waiting list, please email your contact details (including mobile tel) to and we will contact you if a place becomes available.**

This day-long programme, featuring presentations by some of the leading figures working in arts and health in Ireland, is for healthcare professionals, arts practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about this exciting field. An Introduction to Arts and Health is organised by (Waterford Healing Arts Trust) and is supported by the Arts Committee of the UL Hospitals Group and the Arts Office of Limerick City and County Council.  The fee for the full day, including lunch and a copy of “An Introduction to Arts & Health: 10 Things to Consider”, by Mary Grehan, is €25. Click here for further details and to book your place.  intro-to-a&h-pic-HUGH OBRIEN MORAN-sm

An Introduction to Arts and Health is designed for anyone working in healthcare or the arts who wishes to learn more about this exciting field.  This practical workshop will introduce participants to some of the practicalities of arts and health work: the principles of good practice, the importance of a partnership approach and how to set up an arts and health project.  Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the benefits and challenges of working in this field, to view the art collection at UHL and to learn about the Arts and Health Research Cluster, based at University of Limerick (UL), involving researchers from UL, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD).

The exciting line-up of guest speakers who will share their extensive experience includes Mary Grehan, Arts in Health Curator with the Children’s Hospital Group; Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust; Ceara Conway, artist-in-residence at Ormston House Cultural Centre and Limerick Arts Office, and Arts and Disability Co-ordinator for Clare County Arts Office; and Dr Roisin Cahalan, lecturer in Physiotherapy and Course Director of the Structured Masters in Research at the faculty of Education and Health Sciences at UL.

Announcing details of the workshop, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, said “We’re very excited to be presenting this Introduction to Arts and Health at University Hospital Limerick.  Arts and health is a burgeoning area and we are aware of many exciting initiatives taking place in Limerick and the mid-west, so we see this as a great opportunity for those interested in this field to meet, learn more, share ideas and build connections.  We are very grateful to the Arts Committee at UHL and the Arts Office at Limerick City and County Council for their support in organising this workshop and we’re very much looking forward to linking up with the Limerick arts and health community”.

Dr Mark Skehan, incoming Chair of the Arts Committee at UL Hospitals Group said “We look forward to welcoming the Waterford Healing Arts Trust workshop ‘Introduction to Arts and Health’ to University Hospital Limerick in November.  The Arts Committee at UL Hospitals Group very much recognises that art, in its various guises, can play a significant role in enriching the lives of our patients and staff.  The aim of our Committee, therefore, is to help develop that interface between arts and healthcare within our Group and to provide access for our patients and staff to art and design within our hospitals”.

Sheila Deegan, Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council, added “This comes at an opportune time for Limerick as it coincides with Healthy Limerick, an initiative which sets out to ensure that wellbeing is supported by working together, and the Limerick Culture and Creativity plan as part of Creative Ireland, which is designed to promote individual and community wellbeing.  The practical nature of this one day workshop offers a vital support to practitioners in Limerick.”

Additional info:

Arts and health programmes comprise a range of arts experiences, presented in healthcare settings, for the benefit of health service users, healthcare staff and artists.  This expanding field of work fosters creativity, wellbeing and access to the arts and is based on partnership between the artists, arts organisations and those working in healthcare and/or the wider community.   Further information about all aspects of arts and health work, including case studies, is available on is a national arts and health website managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT).  It provides a focal point for the field of arts and health in Ireland via information, support, advice and news, and generates discussions between artists, arts organisations, healthcare professionals, health service users, carers and others interested in the dynamic area of arts and health.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme.  Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings.  WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity.  WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website